Reindeer Observatory by Snohetta Design Firm

© Ketil Jacobsen

The Reindeer Observatory in the Norwegian Wild Reindeer Center Pavilion show cases craftsmanship and woodwork what is truly fine and mind blowing.  This small piece of architecture at 90 square meters was designed by Snohetta, an Oslo based interior, landscape and architecture firm.

Reindeer Observatory by Snohetta Design Firm

© Ketil Jacobsen

Reindeer Observatory by Snohetta Design Firm

© Ketil Jacobsen

The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Center Pavilion is located in Hjerkinn on the outskirts of Dovrefjell National Park.  This reindeer observatory is open to the public and curious travelers who wish to learn more about the wild reindeer foundation and its’ programs.  Explorers will have to walk a 1,500 km nature path as this observatory is located 1200 meters above sea level.

Reindeer Observatory by Snohetta Design Firm

© Ketil Jacobsen

Reindeer Observatory by Snohetta Design Firm

© Ketil Jacobsen

The rigid exterior resembles a rectangle and is made of raw steel.  Materials used were made to withstand the locations harsh climate.  An organic seating made of pine timber treated with tar forms the south facing exterior.  It presents a nice lounging spot where observers can sit amidst the fresh air and beauty of nature.  Designing this work of art does seem as extensive as it looks.  Modern digital technology was used to create the design and drive the machines that were used to execute the form.  The organic form of seating made of oiled pine wood clads the interiors while a sole steel fireplace which is modern in design is suspended in the center to warm viewers as the enjoy the scenery.

Article by Marilen Faustino-Montenegro

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